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Hello and welcome friends!! I’m so thrilled that you are joining me on a little tour of my home today all dressed up for my most favorite season. Here in Oregon (did you know that I live in Oregon?) there are signs of Autumn popping up all around me even though as I type this the temperature today will be in the 80’s. Yes, Oregon gets sunshine. It’s our best kept secret!
I’m joining an amazing group of bloggers this week as part of the Finding Fall Home Tour hosted by my friend Laura from Finding Home along with Better Homes & Gardens.
Did you stop by Inspired By Charm before you came here? Michael is so talented and you will love all of the amazing ideas and inspiration there!
You know, I was thinking recently about a word that is sadly neglected this time of the year. It seems like all we hear about is ‘Fall’ and ‘Autumn’. But I’m finding myself drawn more and more to the word ‘Harvest’. I think it’s feeling a bit left out, don’t you?
Here in the beautiful Willamette Valley, harvest is in full swing. Tractors create tornadoes of dust as they plow through the fields. Wineries (I live in the heart of wine country!) celebrate the season with grape stomping competitions and special tastings.
So, I think I’m going to change the title of this blog post. I think that in honor of all of those for whom this season represents so much more than pumpkin spice lattés and apple cider doughnuts (two of my favorite things by the way!) I’m going to call this my ‘Harvest’ Home Tour.
A celebration of simple joys. Like how beautiful wheat looks in an ironstone pitcher.
And dried hydrangeas in my faux olive jar.
A replica of a vintage gear that I picked up from HomeGoods is a nod to those who toil the land.
Is it weird that I love mums the most when they are all closed up? Maybe it’s just the anticipation of knowing they will soon be bursting forth in all of their glory!
My family room mantel came together in a matter of minutes…literally. Corn husk wreath hung on the mirror…
…faux wheat stuck in a bucket with another HomeGoods find nestled next to it…
…and hydrangeas from the yard starting their beautiful transformation from green to the softest shade of pink.
Even my new living room pillows capture the essence of harvest.
And the little bit of sparkle from glass candle holders on the dining room table doesn’t take away from the beauty of using natural elements.
On the buffet table in the breakfast nook, simple elements come together to create the feeling of warmth and of gathering together which is what I love most about this time of the year.
That and pumpkin spice lattés…and apple cider doughnuts! 😉
Cinnamon sticks in a mint julep cup are not only beautiful but give off an amazing harvest-y (that’s totally a word, right?) aroma.
On my living room mantel (which I’ll share with you in it’s entirety another time!) the harvest theme continues.
How is it possible that something as simple as a bunch of wheat lying across a mantel can be so beautiful?
You know, I think what I love the most about the word ‘Harvest’ is that it can mean so many different things.
Just as the farmer works the land in order to reap the harvest of crops, we can also reap the blessings of harvest in our lives.
“We must give in order to get more. It is the generous giving of ourselves that produces the generous harvest.”
~ Orsin Swett Marden
I’m enjoying a great season of harvest in my life. Through times of tilling the soil and planting the seeds, weeding, watering and yes, even fertilizing ;-), I’m experiencing the blessing that is harvest.
A harvest of friends.
A harvest of dreams fulfilled.
A harvest of deepening in my walk with God.
A harvest of a stronger than ever relationship with my husband.
A harvest of seeing years of tilling, planting, weeding, watering and fertilizing revealing growth in my children.
And sweet friends, I hope you know that I count YOU among my most cherished harvest blessings!
I pray your Fall/Autumn/Harvest season is filled with joy and blessings galore!…… be sure to head on over to My Fabuless Life to see some more gorgeous fall inspiration!
And to see all the homes in this tour (and you WANT to see these!) from the beginning click here.
If you are anything like me Better Homes and Gardens is one of your favorite go-to places for loads of fabulous ideas and inspiration as the holidays approach. And BHG.com is bringing you even more ways to be inspired this year with their 100 Days of Holiday Inspiration! Click here to sign up.
Sharing here: From My Front Porch to Yours, Savvy Southern Style, Inspire Me Tuesday, The Scoop
Cheryl Ann says
Nice to see the Willamette Valley…we raised our children there and fall was my favorite time of year. Loved the warm afternoons and cool evenings. We live in friendly Nashville now because that is where our children and grandchildren live. Thanks for sharing your beautiful life and home. Cheryl Ann
Sweet friend – I am not sure what is more beautiful – you or your home. No wait, I know – it is your heart! Thank you so much friend for sharing your beautiful home! I am so thankful you are part of the tour, but I am most thankful to call you friend!
Love, love, love your sweet face. 🙂 That picture of you on the stairs is so perfect. Thanks for sharing your home and your heart today.
Happy day to you!
Robin Carr says
Your home is just lovely. Thanks for sharing with us. Come visit me, when you get a chance! I am your newest follower!
I too live in the Willamette Valley and I LOVE our Falls! Your home is delightful – Makes me want to get out and gather up (harvest) some of the outdoors and bring it in!
Melissa @ DaisyMaeBelle says
Everything looks so beautiful! LOVE the harvest theme! My word for fall that I’m loving is “gather.” I long for my family and friends to “gather” together during this beautiful season! Happy Harvest! Melissa
Your home is lovely and so are you! We have much to be thankful for, thank YOU for the reminder:) Also, your dress is just adorable!
Jan Fusco says
Well, first of all…you look great! Thank you so much for such an inspiring post in so many ways.
Your home looks absolutely gorgeous – so inspiring! Your pics are WOW – and you are truly a beautiful gal. What a pretty smile- lights up my entire monitor with glow.
Thanks for your wonderful posts. Have a happy harvest season, too! : – )
Leslie Stewart @ House on the Way says
Your home is so lovely and your fall touches are perfect! Have a great week!
Jane @ Cottage at the Crossroads says
Blessed to count you as a friend! Your home is gorgeous all decorated for fall, and my favorite image is the one where the hydrangea on your mantel is reflected in the mirror! Just beautiful!
Joanne Boulter says
I’m so glad you showed your beautiful home for Fall, indeed it is lovely.
((HUGS)) Jo from Anne’s Attic – design blog https://fulcolbaxia.wordpress.com
Shirley@Housepitality Designs says
Always love “touring” your home…you have so many beautiful and creative ideas for fall decor…and so beautifully displayed in your home!…Love the picture of you on the stairs!
Karen Watson says
It looks so lovely Vanessa! I love all the Natural touches that you used in your decor! Thanks so much for the tour sweet friend!
Carol Reddin says
Love all of the harvest/rustic touches. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home and beautiful self!
Vanessa thank you so much for sharing your Harvest home tour over at THT. Everything looks so beautiful. I need to finish up my decor.
Lory at Designthusiasm says
This is a wonderful post. I just love the neutral tomes to your fall decoy with just bits of color. So beautiful and refreshing. I really like that your decor highlight what you already own, rather than overshadowing it. Just lovely! Really nice photos, too… 🙂
At The Picket Fence says
Such a sweet compliment Lory! Thank you!
Your home is lovely but YOU are stunning!
At The Picket Fence says
Such a beautiful tour Vanessa. Harvest… agreed it is overlooked. Thanks for the inspiration.
At The Picket Fence says
Thank you so much Gee!
Janelle@The Peaceful Haven says
Wow! Just lovely…thanks for all your hard work and for sharing your gift with others!
Beautiful – we are enjoying spring here but my feed is flooded with autumn/fall decorating. No one here really decorates for the seasons, apart from Christmas, which we enjoy in the middle of summer amidst temperatures of 100+
Even if I don’t decorate for the seasons, you’ve given me so many inspiring ideas for creating little vignettes in my home.
Bonnie @ Uncommon Designs says
Vanessa, your home is stunning and you are amazing! What a perfect place to celebrate the change of seasona dn family!
Marilyn Lunsford says
Loved your home! Where did you find the sphere on your sideboard? I have looked everywhere. Thanks. Marilyn in Georgia
At The Picket Fence says
Hi Marilyn! I picked up the sphere at TJ Maxx over the summer. 🙂
Barbara Ann says
Love it Love it Love it all! We finally got a day that didn’t top 102 and I headed out to cut my pumpkins and get the garden ready for winter veggies, assuming we get a winter here in Calif.
And as I was putting my sheers away I saw my hydrangeas were getting woody. But I was too tired to start pruning. So your post is perfect, I will head out in the morning, cut some and I think I will place in my white pitchers..Thanks for reminding me to decorate with what you have…See You In The Garden!!
ashley @ the handmade home says
Soo pretty! my fave is that beautiful table centerpiece! ;} Lovely as always, friends!
You are right, Vanessa! The word HARVEST doesn’t receive the attention it deserves this time of year! Beautifully written post, and gorgeous photos…Happy Harvest! XO
Judy H. says
Somehow, I happened upon your blog…you know how that just happens sometimes? I have to tell you how much I admire and what beautiful peace I felt looking at your minimally but perfectly decorated home. Fall had definitely arrived at your house. All of your touches are exquisite and elegant and “just enough”. Sometimes I feel blindsided by the decorations for the various seasons and holidays, they are pretty at a moment’s glance, but then no more. Something gets lost in all of the “stuff”, no matter how pretty it may seem.
As I said, your home brings a warming sense of peace as we welcome Autumn into our lives once more. I’m glad for my “happy accident” of finding your blog. I will come back to visit often.
Michael Wurm, Jr. says
Loving all of the touches of fall in your home! You have such a beautiful and welcoming space. Oh, and I may come and steal that gold mirror. Obsessed!
At The Picket Fence says
Thanks so much Michael! Would you believe the previous owners actually left that mirror here? It’s one of my favorites too! 🙂
Vicki Crowe says
Such a beautiful home and very tastefully done. Where did you find your new living room pillows?